Weekly Horoscope, Sunday 9- Saturday 15

All Signs

This week we have Valentine’s Day, but have you ever wondered how it got started? According to Encyclopedia Britannica: “The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day.” Wow! Fertility rites! And they chose couples by lottery! (I think this is also the origin of the phrase, “Your number is up!”)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a popular week! Enjoy schmoozing and interacting with clubs and organizations. Your ruler Mars is at the top of your chart, which arouses your ambition. This influence will last for six weeks and it occurs only once every two years so use it! Mercury retrograde will help you because it is in a part of your chart that influences doing research and ferreting out answers and solutions to old problems. Meanwhile, your ability to schmooze is enhanced, which is why you are so charming. (This is because Venus is in your sign.) This is a great week to buy wardrobe treasures, which is a good idea since you are pumped to pursue your ambitions! (You never get a second chance to make a first impression.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Right now, the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight, which means people are impressed with you even if you don’t do anything special. Obviously, you can use this to your advantage. You also want to travel and grab every chance to expand your world through study, film and talking to people from different cultures. Many of you are pursuing opportunities in publishing, the media, the law and medicine. Old friends are back in your world now. Perhaps this is why some of you are having secret love affairs? Fear not, my lips are sealed. (Swami knows all, sees all, tells nothing.)

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This week you want to do something to expand your world because you feel the need for adventure and a chance to learn something new. Obviously, travel would be an excellent choice. And if you can’t travel, you can always explore your own backyard. Meanwhile, disputes with the government and other sources about taxes, debt, shared property and insurance issues might be a drag. Just deal with it. Old bosses and parents you have not seen for a while might be back in your life at this time. Fortunately, the placement of Venus indicates that your ability to schmooze will be excellent. You will be charming and diplomatic with everyone you meet! In fact, a friend could become a lover. (Oh my.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

For some reason, you feel intense and passionate about issues at this time. You will notice this because you are a sensitive “feeling” person. In part, these passionate feelings could be due to serious discussions about inheritances and shared property. But also, fiery Mars is opposite your sign for the next six weeks and this can make you feel easily annoyed with others. Fortunately, your saved by the fact that Venus is at the top of your chart. Whatever is at the top of your chart is very visible to others, so this means your charm and your interest in the arts and your ability to be creative is noticeable to all. Nice.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Remember to get more sleep this week because you need it. At this time, you have a unique opportunity to more objectively observe your closest relationships, which means you can improve how you relate to others. This is invaluable. When we get along well with those who are closest to us – this promotes our happiness. Mercury Retrograde will help you wrap up loose ends regarding shared property, inheritances, wills, estates, taxes and debt. Use this to your advantage. Fortunately, Mars will give you the energy to work hard this week. (In fact, it could make you bossy and busy delegating to others.) Venus will heighten your appreciation of beauty and encourage opportunities to travel for pleasure. We like!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You are still in work mode, which means not only are you busy, you are also doing everything possible to get better organized in every aspect of your life. Although we recently had the Chinese New Year, you have one more chance at a new “fresh start” because the Tibetan New Year is on Monday, Feb. 24. (I’m using that as my deadline.) Use this to clean up your act so that you start your new year feeling better organized, polished and shiny! Ex-partners and old friends are back in your world. Hopefully, this is interesting and not a problem. This is a good week to ask for a loan or mortgage because people will be generous to you. You might even receive a gift. Yeah!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

It’s play city for you this week! Accept all invitations to party. Enjoy schmoozing with others. Sports events and fun activities with kids will appeal. It’s also a romantic week so plan on fun with your main squeeze. Singles should not hesitate to flirt. Chaos and increased activity on the home front will require your attention. Fortunately, with Venus opposite your sign, you will be diplomatic with everyone. Admittedly, in addition to dealing with whatever is happening at home, your job is also frustrated by silly, goofy mistakes. Patience is the key to keeping your sanity and a smile on your face.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Home, family and your involvement with a parent continue to be your primary focus this week. Likewise, some of you might spend more time on the home front cocooning. Perhaps you are thinking about old flames who are back on the scene. Sometimes when an old lover pops up, it’s thrilling and exciting. But other times, it’s disconcerting. Be tactful. Right now, Mars is in your House of Communications, which make you energetic, proactive and persuasive! It will encourage you to read and write more but it can also make you a bit scary if you come on too strong. Fortunately, at work, this is not a problem because Venus will sweeten your words with everyone. And so it goes.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your busy pace continues because you’ve got places to go, things to do people to see! You are an excellent communicator right now, which means this week is a great time to write, sell, market, teach and act. Old issues regarding home and family might finally be wrapped up due to the influence of Mercury retrograde. (Mercury will either stall things or bring them to a closure.) Mars will guarantee that you are working hard to earn money but it also increases your cash flow, which means you are spending as well. That’s okay. (Money is only useful if you spend it.) Venus will attract opportunities for romance, socializing, enjoying the arts and participating in sports events and fun times with kids. It’s a great week.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Show me the money!” Yes, this week you continue to be focused on cash flow, earnings and assets. Not only are you thinking about boosting your earnings, many of you are also making an effort to take care of what you own. You enjoy doing this because you hate waste and you value continuity and respect for the past. “These were my dad’s tools.” With Mars in your sign for the next six weeks, you will be pumped with energy! (You will notice this because this occurs only once every two years.) Get physical exercise to blow off any pent-up steam that might occur. This is also great week to entertain at home and tweak your digs by redecorating or buying something new for where you live.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Ta da! The Sun is still in your sign this week, which empowers you. It attracts people to you as well as favourable situations. It also re-energizes you. Meanwhile, fair Venus is in your House of Communications and this makes you particularly diplomatic and charming when talking to others. This is why you will begin to notice how much love there is in your daily world. People care about you and vice a versa. You will also observe your daily surroundings with greater appreciation. This is a wonderful influence for you! Unfortunately, cheques in the mail will be late and delays regarding money and cash flow are likely. Be aware of anyone who might be working against your best interests.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This week has conflicting influences. One part of you wants to hide and retire from the busy insanity of the world around you. (This is why you will seek out moments of solitude and pleasant surroundings and keep a low profile.) Countering this is an energetic influence from Mars that makes you want to engage with friends and groups in a dynamic way! You might take charge of a group or you might find yourself in competition with someone? Obviously, because Mercury is retrograde in your sign at this time, silly, goofy mistakes will plague your footsteps. Transportation delays, misplaced items, confused communications and old friends from the past are part of the picture. Patience.

 

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A Little About August Birth Symbols

August Babies

“Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen, The hey-day of the year, With robes that gleam with sunny sheen, Sweet August doth appear.” —R. Combe Miller

Zodiac: Leo until August 22 and Virgo from August 23

Gemstone: Peridot
The gemstone is formed deep inside the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. They are believed to contain healing powers that protect against nightmares and bring the wearer power and influence. Colors range from yellowish green to a greenish brown.

Flower: Gladiolus, Poppy
The gladiolus brings remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation. Poppy is also a popular August flower: red means pleasure, white means consolation, and yellow brings wishes of wealth and success.

Tree: Cypress, Poplar, Cedar, Pine

FROM:http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/birth-signs-symbols#09

August’s birth flower is gladiolus, or ‘sword lily.’ Gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity, and infatuation. With gladiolus, the recipient’s heart is being “pierced with love.” The other August flower is the poppy. A red poppy signifies pleasure, a white poppy is given for consolation, and a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success.

FROM: http://www.almanac.com/content/birth-month-flowers-and-their-meanings#

August Birthstone – Peridot

Peridot, a symbol of vitality and is the gemstone for people born in August. The official name for peridot is olivine, and can be found in a wide spectrum of green from light-yellow to dark olive. The Egyptians were known to mine for the peridot on Saint John’s Island around 1500 BC. It was used to ward off night terrors and more specifically, when set in gold, would ward off evil. It has also been ground into a fine powder to treat asthma sufferers and used as a cure for thirst most experience during a fever. It has been said that its owner, when worn would have the power of invisibility, and that if a thief about to be hanged or beheaded might escape if one was held in their mouth. It can bring peace, protection and sleep. It has also been worn to calm anger by soothing ones nerves, expelling negative energy. They also can attract love.

The peridot has many symbolic purposes, one that it promises growth for the future and gives strength to individuals and those in relationships. Peridot is a brilliant young green and were first discovered in the black sands of Hawaii. Hawaiian legend states they were tears shed by the volcanic goddess, Pele. It is a connection to nature and Early Egyptians drank from cups made of peridot, believing they would be drawn closer to the goddess of nature, Isis.

The Egyptians also called it the “gem of the sun”, due to its brilliance that it would showcase in the desert sun. By miners, it is said that even in darkness, the peridot could be seen, and they would mark the location. They would then return in the daytime to retrieve them. Perhaps this is why the peridot is at times referred to as the “evening emerald”. Today, it is mined in Hawaii, the Congo, Arizona, Burma, Norway, Australia and Brazil.

August is a month in which for many is viewed as the end of the summer cycle. A time when some need to make plans and begin preparing for the cooler months of fall. It is a time of harvest and hard work. Our bodies are challenged with physical work and long hours. This is a time when one might need to search for strength from an outside source or symbol. During this month we are once again in touch with the earth and the significant seasonal shifts. The birthstones representing each month are meant to empower their owners with gifts specifically needed for each of these seasonal shifts. When the human condition falls short of spiritual or mental needs, these precious stones have been believed to gift their owners strength and endurance in many forms.

Other interesting facts about the August Birthstone of Peridot:

-They were discovered first in Egypt on a tiny island named Zabargard over four-thousand years ago

-In earlier times, Catholic Bishops would wear a peridot ring as a symbol of their purity

-In Medieval times, churches were obsessively adorned by them

-Considered a gift from Mother Nature

-They are created from the conditions of extreme heat from volcanoes

-The most abundant deposits are found in Burma.

-They have been recommended for gall bladder and liver illness

Other Symbols of August:

August Birth Flower:

The Poppy, more specifically the poppy native to the Mediterranean regions. These yield a source of opium, that in the ancient world would bring on sleep and ease pain when taken in smaller amounts. Poppies were associated with the god of sleep, Hypnos and Morpheus, the god of dreams by the Greeks.

August Birth Tree:

The Pine tree. It represents, immortality and longevity.

Famous People Born in August:

Charlize Theron- August 7, 1975

Robert De Niro- August 17, 1943

Audrey Tautou- August 9, 1976

Martin Sheen- August 3, 1940

Andy Warhol- August 6, 1928

Jack Black- August 28, 1969

– See more at: http://birthstonesbymonths.net/august-birthstone-peridot/#sthash.VeUaoXRo.dpuf